Friday, 8 December 2017

Two Palestinians shot dead by Israeli army in Gaza

Palestinian protesters were met by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip
Mahmoud al-Masri, 30, was killed close to the border fence between Gaza and Israel, the Palestinian health ministry confirmed.

Palestinians threw stones towards Israeli troops in Ramallah

The second to have been killed has not been named.

The deaths are the first in a wave of protest following an announcement that Mr Trump would move Israel's US embassy to Jerusalem.

The Israeli military said in a statement that soldiers had "fired selectively at two main instigators" of "violent riots" and confirmed hitting them.

Palestinians had declared Friday a "Day of Rage", with protests in cities including Jerusalem, Ramallah and Gaza's Khan Younis, where the two men were killed and at least forty others wounded.

Protesters at the no-mans land by the border fence rolled burning tyres and threw stones, and were met with gunfire and tear gas from soldiers.

In the West Bank Palestinian medics said dozens of demonstrators had been treated for tear gas inhalation and rubber bullet wounds, following sporadic clashes at the Israeli checkpoints in the area.

Worshippers at Al Aqsa mosque headed towards Jerusalem's Old City after Friday prayers, chanting "Jerusalem is ours, Jerusalem is our capital" and "we don't need empty words, we need stones and Kalashnikovs".

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